What a Plant Knows: 
A Field Guide to the Senses
(updated and expanded)
By Daniel Chamovitz

How does grass “sense” that its being walked on, what triggers that field of sunflowers to shift along with the sun’s path across the sky?  If you’ve ever pondered these questions while hiking through a meadow or watching dandelion seeds float into your flowerbed, Daniel Chamovitz, Ph.D., the director of the Manna Center for Plant Biosciences at Tel Aviv University, offers a look at the latest research into plant physiology in highly readable, layman’s language.  Nature magazine’s review sums up this intriguing work: “[p]lants may be brainless, eyeless and devoid of senses as we know them, but they have a rudimentary 'awareness'…In this beautiful reframing of the botanical, he reveals the extent and kind of that awareness through a bumper crop of research.” Or, in the words of poet and public intellectual, Maria Popova, “[A] fascinating inside look at what a plant's life is like, and a new lens on our own place in nature.

224 pages